Publishing Date: September 2019
Publisher: Reign Publishing
Publisher’s Description: Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.
In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservient to men and land can only pass from father to son. So when Reid Ellington is born, the fifth daughter to one of the wealthiest landholders in the kingdom, it’s announced that Reid is a boy.
Eighteen years later, Reid struggles to conceal the fact she’s actually a young woman. Every day, her secret becomes harder to keep. When one of Marsden’s princes sees her sparring with a sword, she is forced to accept his offer and lead her father’s soldiers to the border. Along the way, she discovers a covert organization within the army known as the Knights of the Realm. If Reid wants to save her family from being arrested for treason and robbed of their inheritance, she will have to join the Knights and become a weapon for the crown.
To protect her family, Reid must fight like a man. To do that, she’ll need the courage of a woman.
Review: There have been quite a few novels set in the Knightly era, where a girl tries pulling off being a man for various reasons. So where does this work stand among the masses? Read on!
What really stood out to me were the characters. Just patterned and bland. Take for instance Reid. Sword fighting boy whom gawks and then blushes at the site of her manly prince’s ripply muscles. She is a covert operative that fails at everything because there is always some royal to bail her out. Most of the characters follow the romance template of fiery passions and unrequited love. Barf.
The story line wanders a bit in order to build Reid as a super speshul character, only she ends up sucking as her lack of depth is detrimental to scene development. So while not caring what happens to Reid, I liked Knox’s forthrightness and his ability to tell Ms. Speshul to go suck an egg. Sadly, he is brief in appearance.
So what could have been a great character in Reid, with depth via a life built as a boy and toughened by circumstance is relegated to a role of tears and romance. Fug.